Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, Liverpool Street: As well as a very unusual name this speakeasy situated below The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields also provides the perfect alternative drinking spot for Londoners. Set within a log cabin the cocktail bar comes complete with moose heads, a mirror ball and the assurance that it’s still one of London’s best kept secrets.
Zenna, Soho: Despite the fact it’s based in the heart of Soho Zenna is still one of the most over looked bars in central London. The cocktails that are served up are inspired by Asian spices and bright colours so you’re guaranteed to get a drink with a twist here. What’s more there’s loads of cosy corners to hide away in and the staff have a love of setting your drinks and the bar on fire which is always fun.
Bourne & Hollingsworth, Tottenham Court Road: Another central London favourite is the absolutely brilliant Bourne & Hollingsworth. Decked out like your grandmothers living room (complete with knitting, white table cloths and floral wall paper) the bar is intimate the say the least so it’s best to get down early to guarantee you can get in.
Shaka Zulu, Camden: Best known as an African themed restaurant Shaka Zulu recently introduced their Carnivorous Cocktail list. Which to you and I means cocktails made from meat. Sounds pretty disgusting we know but we’ve been assured they’re rather nice and at least you can’t accuse it of being run-of-the-mill.
Cellar Door, Covent Garden: When the WJ staff went here a few months ago it took us a good 30 minutes to work out that the stairs leading down to what seems to be a toilet in the middle of the pavement were indeed swanky bar Cellar Door. On any given night there’s burlesque, cabaret and plenty of debauchery in one of the smallest spaces in London.